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    Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    At the age of 69, in 2016 I came out of retirement from an unrelated profession to explore a hobby in steel fabrication. I attended a community college and graduated with honours in 2017, but welding was always a problem. I understand the theory but it's the eyes which seem to be the missing connective factor. As soon as I strike an arc in stick I can't see anything except the arc. There is sometimes enough light with a fillet weld where both plates can reflect light. Haven't any idea where I'm going on the piece after that. I've tried all electronic adjustments possible to the helmet but to no avail .. Any of the older folks out there with the same problem? If so, how did you correct it? Or is it something that really ends welding? Tig is a bit better and mig gives me a fair amount of grief under similar circumstances. Thanks for any replies.

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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    I have a similar problem. One thing that's been recommended but I have yet to try is a bright light on the welding area. I have a 250w halogen work lamp that I'm going to use to light the area.
    Before I got an autodark helmet I used a 500w light so that I could see the work before I struck an arc. Worked like a charm so I expect that that more light will help even with the arc lit.
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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    If you wear bifocals or transition lenses you'll find you can't look thru the lower part under the hood. Go to the local drugstore and try different reading glasses 'til you read fine print 12" to 15" out and then go to your LWS and buy a cheater lense of that same power. You have to train yourself to look at everything around the arc and ignore the arc. I know this sounds crazy but once you accomplish this it will all be easier. It's a matter of watching the puddle and not the arc.
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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    Same problem here. A couple things that help:
    Welding in bright sunlight makes a difference, adding strong shop light doesn't except that you can see where you're starting better
    I wear progressive lenses in my glasses. I got a cheap pair of my reading prescription only made and that helps a lot. Readers from the drugstore didn't help me because I have astigmatism.
    I got a different helmet, that helped
    I taped a black cloth over the back and sides of my hood which cuts out extra light. That helps.
    I added a cheater lens which helped a lot. Went through a couple different ones, I think what's on there now is 2x.

    I can't say which did the most, the combination helps a lot. But maybe I'd give a slight nod to the new helmet. I used to use a cheap Harbor Freight auto dark hood until it died. After a ton of research, I settled on the Harbor Freight Vulcan hood and what a difference! Amazing!

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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    Thanks DAvidRS. I have tried some lights to the extent the plastic lenses in front of the LED got powdered with burn marks. It's about the leading area which I have trouble seeing. I've pretty will given up on Stick and will try tig. As I recall from some time ago, the light is better, not as "fireworks-like" as stick so I can see short distances into the welding direction.

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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    If you wear bifocals or transition lenses you'll find you can't look thru the lower part under the hood. Go to the local drugstore and try different reading glasses 'til you read fine print 12" to 15" out and then go to your LWS and buy a cheater lense of that same power. You have to train yourself to look at everything around the arc and ignore the arc. I know this sounds crazy but once you accomplish this it will all be easier. It's a matter of watching the puddle and not the arc.
    I have 3 sets of glasses, Tri, bi and close-up . I use the close-up with the hood as that Rx is the bottom part of each lens. I like your suggestion of not looking at the arc. Thanks.

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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by JD1 View Post
    Same problem here. A couple things that help:
    Welding in bright sunlight makes a difference, adding strong shop light doesn't except that you can see where you're starting better
    I wear progressive lenses in my glasses. I got a cheap pair of my reading prescription only made and that helps a lot. Readers from the drugstore didn't help me because I have astigmatism.
    I got a different helmet, that helped
    I taped a black cloth over the back and sides of my hood which cuts out extra light. That helps.
    I added a cheater lens which helped a lot. Went through a couple different ones, I think what's on there now is 2x.

    I can't say which did the most, the combination helps a lot. But maybe I'd give a slight nod to the new helmet. I used to use a cheap Harbor Freight auto dark hood until it died. After a ton of research, I settled on the Harbor Freight Vulcan hood and what a difference! Amazing!
    Thanks! Not always able to be outside and I have some issues with light getting in through the back of th helmet . Plugging it seems to be a good idea. My helmet is of fair+ quality so.I think I'm ok there. going to try to get real close to the arc to get close focus and try to look all around it rather than at it. Thanks again.

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    Re: Old eyes giving me grief! Any suggestions?

    What has worked for me is:

    1. Dark cloth on back of hood that prevents any light from entering.

    2. Bright light on the welding area,

    3 Optrel Crystal 2.0 hood.
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